The president of the Gers SPA, Marie-France Le Bagousse-Baus, was charged Thursday morning with “breach of trust” and “complicity in intentional assault on an animal’s life” for alleged facts that would take place late last year. March.
The president of the SPA du Gers came out of two days of custody, where she was heard by the gendarmerie, to be presented in court Thursday morning, before an investigating judge. Marie-France Le Bagousse-Baus is charged with “breach of trust” and “complicity in intentional attack on an animal’s life”.
On March 24, two dogs were picked up by a private individual in Eauze. An older Beauceron cross and a young Sharpei cross. The two animals fled in the morning from their owner’s home. The veterinarian who receives the individual does not detect any fleas. Gers SPA, which acts as a departmental pound, is being alerted. Its president and another person come to pick up the dogs that evening. They were first declared seized on the 25th.
From March 26, the owner called the SPA refuge in Ordan-Larroque. He is told that the dogs are not at the pound. The man continues his research and puts up posters on Eauze, seen by an Elusate who is active in associations of friends of animals. When he discovers that the pound has recovered the animals, he returns to the SPA and is told that one of the dogs has run away and that the dog is dead, after arriving exhausted according to the SPA. They refuse to send him the death certificate, the body of the dog and the vet’s name. The man has no means of transportation: the animal friend will then take him to the gendarmerie to lodge a complaint.
One dog adopted, another shot and buried
“Today, the SPA president is being criticized for having kept the two dogs in his possession and for not returning them to the owner,” said Auch court prosecutor Jacques-Edouard Andrault. This is for breach of trust. One of the two dogs was returned to its owner. He had been adopted by a person who was completely unrelated to the case.
More scary, the second charge. Investigators found the body of the oldest dog, buried but not at the home of the president, which was not searched. According to the results, the animal was shot and killed. “She would have given instructions to a third person to kill the dog. What we suspect is that she thought the owner of the dogs was unfit to look after the animals.” Therefore, there is no question of giving him that. Marie-France Le Bagousse-Baus allegedly told the owner that one of the dogs was dead. “To be sure, she would have had the dog killed afterwards. The person suspected of this shot was heard. The prosecution questions the guilt of a veterinarian by writing the death certificate.
The president of the SPA du Gers was placed under judicial control, with a ban on going to the Ordan-Larroque refuge and participating in a professional or social activity related to animals. She risks up to 3 years in prison for breach of trust. The investigation of the case could require a year of investigation before the verdict, but “provided other circumstances do not emerge”, the prosecutor emphasizes. The president of Gers SPA has been the subject of numerous accusations from animal rights associations in Gers or their members on social networks. These will undoubtedly be examined further.
Pound: no particular consequence
The pound, awarded as a service delegation to Gers SPA, is administered by the 3-valley mixed union (SM3V). This service has 385 members, ie almost all cities and communities in Gers. “This service does not pose a problem,” assures Michel Baylac, president of the French Mayors’ Association Gers (AMF32). The pound is fulfilling its role, but within the SPA’s funds, and although its services are sometimes overwhelmed, she is next to the mayors. “